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In need of SERIOUS help for Paris trip!!

poms | Oct 8, 2003 04:03 PM

Foodies, I'll be in Paris for New Year's (at Hotel Esmeralda, left bank right across from Notre Dame) and haven't a clue how to begin figuring out my food itinerary. I've got 4 dinners and 4 lunches to plan, including one on New Year's Eve. Plus I have some complicating factors, such as the fact that my boyfriend is a strict vegetarian. (I'm usually vegetarian too but no way in hell am I keeping veg in Paris!) Also, we won't want to spend more than 50 euros/person (including wine!) on most meals (except maybe 1 or 2 dinners). I speak fluent French (as in lived there for years) so no fear of waiter snobbery here. Lastly, we don't do dessert so spare me the anecdotes for the sweet-toothed. So many questions...

1. Where should we eat? In addition to dinner restaurants, would love to know some excellent local brasseries for lunch, as well as cafes for late-night wine and cheese plate.

2. Where should we dine and what should we do on the big night? We're more watch-the-fireworks-from-afar than champagne-on-the-Champs-with-the-masses types.

3. Where should we shop for breakfast/midnight snack/everything is closed on NYDay supplies (WINE, CHEESE, BREAD, and some meats for me)? I've gotten some suggestions for open air markets (rue de Buci, rue Mouffetard), would love some for boulangeries, wine shops, cheese shops.

Bring on the hounds!

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